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Heartbroken Son Witnesses Father’s Murder during Craigslist Sale of Boy’s Dirt Bike

TAMPA, Fla. - Two Florida teenagers face charges after allegedly killing a man in front of his son Tuesday during a meeting arranged on Craigslist.

Stuart Beck, 15, had grown too big for his prized dirt bike and was ready to sell it, so the family decided to look for a buyer.

"I got it as a Christmas present and I worshipped it, because it came from my dad," Beck told WFLA-TV. "He taught me how to ride.  It started as his hobby and moved on to mine."

Stuart's father, James Beck, posted an ad on Craigslist and it didn't take long for an interested buyer to set up a meeting.

The father and son went together to a neighborhood in Tampa at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, where they met 16-year-old Ramontrae Williams and 17-year-old Dontae Johnson, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Police say the young men stole the dirt bike and shot Stuart's father right in front of him.

"He was a wonderful man," Stuart said of his father. "He had a great sense of humor, always knew how to make someone laugh."

Officers found the dirt bike near Williams' home and arrested both men on murder and armed robbery charges.

If convicted, Williams and Johnson could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

"He always had a smile on his face and he made the whole room happy," said Stuart Beck.

While Craigslist can be a valuable tool for community sales, many crimes have been committed using the site, with criminals luring victims to encounters that have ended in murder, attempted murderchild predator arrestsarmed robbery, and multiple scams.

While Craigslist downplays Craigslist-related crime on its website, the company does recommend these safety tips before meeting a potential buyer for the first time:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe, bank, or shopping center
  • Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home
  • Be especially careful buying/selling high value items
  • Tell a friend or family member where you're going
  • Take your cellphone along if you have one
  • Consider having a friend accompany you
  • Trust your instincts

12 comments

  • duh

    Ramontrae and Dontae – darned Irish immigrants. I agree with Magic Mike – add a concealed carry if you are so licensed – even if it’s in your own driveway. Craigslist isn’t at fault here, certain society and culture are.

  • joemama1980

    What happened to this man and his son and their family and friends is nothing short of a tragedy. The lowlifes who killed the father deserve the same fate. Put them down like the animals they are.
    This could have happened to anyone selling anything. Not just on Craigslist, but on any website or through any publication as well. You have to be careful and use common sense. These types of robberies happened before the Internet. You can’t trust anyone anymore.

  • MMMM

    When I hear news like this and I see who did the crime, it does not surprise me one bit. It is expected. These morons for human beings want everything for nothing, by taking. Even if it means taking a life. They don’t deserve to live!

  • think positive

    I just feel so bad for this boy. When did money become more important than life? How can anybody have so much hate inside that they would randomly kill a human being they don’t even know?!!!

  • magicmikexxsm

    16-year-old Ramontrae Williams and 17-year-old Dontae Johnson, ……………………………………

    I take it by the sound of their names these are 2 black thugs??? I could be wrong..doubt it……

    Also add carry a concealed hand gun to that list of do’s

  • April

    Has this been the other way around I am guessing by their names this would be a hate crime. Major media coverage from CNN and black lives matter marches. Two more Dirtbag that we will have feed and house in prison. Disgusting.

    • Make America Unite Again

      In my opinion, no matter who or what your are, white, purple, orange, or one of my own, you deserve the ultimate punishment possible for killing someone unless it was in lawful self-defense.

  • think positive

    Can’t think of a punishment bad enough for whoever did this. That poor boy has to live with this for the rest of his life. Shut down Craigslist already, how many more innocent people have to die before they do?

    • Feces patrol

      Thank God, Trump was elected but it may be already past the point of bringing law and order back to this Country.

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